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Black-eyed Susanne: cultivation and maintenance of the African climbing plant

Black-eyed Susanne: cultivation and maintenance of the African climbing plant

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Bring a beautiful flowering climber into the garden with the “black-eyed Susanne”! We show you how it is planted and cared for.

Blooms in white, yellow and orange: the black-eyed Susanne

The climbing plant, which originally comes from Africa and is still little known to us, has an extremely beautiful floral display, which is why it is preferably planted on balconies, on pergolas and for greening houses. Whereby she shows off her impressive, quite luxuriant flower magic even from the end of May to October. This herbaceous, evergreen climbing plant provides wonderful protection from prying, unwanted views of the garden due to its dense growth of leaves and can also be used as a garden room divider.

The individual varieties of the black-eyed Susanne differ primarily according to the flower colors, which extend over white, in different shades of yellow to a bright orange. Incidentally, the Susanne plant got its name from its black central spot in the calyx.

Cultivation of the black-eyed Susanne

The black-eyed Susanne always prefers a sunny location, protected from rain and wind. Furthermore, a humus rich soil should be available to her.

Regardless of whether you plant the plant, which is usually only kept for one year, outdoors or in a pot - the planting distance between two Susanne plants should always be around 50 centimeters. So that you can climb up to 2 meters, you need a climbing aid or a trellis. Or you can plant them in window boxes and use them as a hanging plant in this case.

➥ Tip:

If you combine plants in different colors with each other, it is best to have the climbing plants entwine - this creates a real eye-catcher in the garden!

Caring for the black-eyed Susanne

➤ Irrigation:

You must water the black-eyed Susanne regularly during the season. However, waterlogging must not form, since it cannot tolerate them at all.

➤ Fertilize:

Furthermore, the black-eyed Susanne needs a full fertilization at regular intervals (approximately every three to four weeks).

➤ Wintering:

In general, the black-eyed Susanne is only cultivated in our gardens for one year. However, with a little skill you can also hibernate, for which you have to bring the plants to a bright, frost-free, cool room from September. Then you should also cut off the individual plant sticks to a height of about 50 centimeters.

During the winter resting phase, you can only water the plant a little (always just before it dries out) and under no circumstances fertilize it.

From mid-May (after the Ice Saints) you can then repot the plant into a larger container or directly into the open air.We recommend that you get used to the black-eyed Susanne gently, that is, to get used to the open air in the light shade for a few days.